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[QUIZ] Euchre Hands (#55)

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The card game of Euchre has an unusual ordering of cards in the hand. This
week's Ruby Quiz is to take a random Euchre hand and sort it.

The first thing you need to know is that Euchre is played with a small deck of
cards. Four suits are used Diamonds (d), Clubs (c), Spades (s), and Hearts (h),
but each suit has only the cards Nine (9), Ten (T), Jack (J), Queen (Q), King
(K), and Ace (A). The cards are generally ordered as I just listed them, Nine
being the low card and Ace the high card. The exception is the "Bowers".

When a Euchre hand is started, the first task is to select a Trump suit. How
that's done is not important, just know that one suit is always different from
the rest. Trump is the best suit, valued higher than the other three suits
(which are basically equal). In the Trump suit, the card order changes.

The first oddity of Trump is that the Jack of the selected suit becomes the
Right Bower, the highest ranked Trump card. The second oddity is that the other
Jack of the same color (Diamonds and Hearts are red while Clubs and Spades are
black) becomes the Left Bower, the second highest Trump card. This card is
considered to be of the Trump suit for the rest of the hand. For example, if
Spades is selected as Trump, the order of Spades becomes (lowest to highest):
9s, Ts, Qs, Ks, As, Jc, and Js. All other suits run Nine to Ace, save that
Clubs will be short a Jack.

The three non-Trump suits are equal, but it is good interface to sort the by
suit alternating red, black, red, and black, I think. Especially with a GUI,
this makes it easier to understand the hand.

Input (on STDIN) will be a line containing the Trump suit, followed by five
lines containing a Euchre hand. For example:

Diamonds
Kc
Jh
Kd
Td
Ah

Your script should output (to STDOUT) the Trump suit, followed by the cards in
sorted order (highest card first):

Diamonds
Jh
Kd
Td
Kc
Ah

Here's a script that will feed your program random hands:

#!/usr/local/bin/ruby -w

# build a Euchre deck
cards = Array.new
%w{9 T J Q K A}.each do |face|
%w{d c s h}.each do |suit|
cards << face + suit
end
end

# choose trump

# deal a hand
cards = cards.sort_by { rand }
puts cards[0..4]

One last thought: If accuracy is our ultimate goal here, how will you know your
output is correct?

Brian Schröder
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 11-19-2005
On 18/11/05, Ruby Quiz <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> The three rules of Ruby Quiz:
>
> 1. Please do not post any solutions or spoiler discussion for this quiz =

until
> 48 hours have passed from the time on this message.
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> 2. Support Ruby Quiz by submitting ideas as often as you can:
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> http://www.rubyquiz.com/
>
> 3. Enjoy!
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> The card game of Euchre has an unusual ordering of cards in the hand. Th=

is
> week's Ruby Quiz is to take a random Euchre hand and sort it.
>
> The first thing you need to know is that Euchre is played with a small de=

ck of
> cards. Four suits are used Diamonds (d), Clubs (c), Spades (s), and Hear=

ts (h),
> but each suit has only the cards Nine (9), Ten (T), Jack (J), Queen (Q), =

King
> (K), and Ace (A). The cards are generally ordered as I just listed them,=

Nine
> being the low card and Ace the high card. The exception is the "Bowers".
>
> When a Euchre hand is started, the first task is to select a Trump suit. =

How
> that's done is not important, just know that one suit is always different=

from
> the rest. Trump is the best suit, valued higher than the other three sui=

ts
> (which are basically equal). In the Trump suit, the card order changes.
>
> The first oddity of Trump is that the Jack of the selected suit becomes t=

he
> Right Bower, the highest ranked Trump card. The second oddity is that th=

e other
> Jack of the same color (Diamonds and Hearts are red while Clubs and Spade=

s are
> black) becomes the Left Bower, the second highest Trump card. This card =

is
> considered to be of the Trump suit for the rest of the hand. For example=

, if
> Spades is selected as Trump, the order of Spades becomes (lowest to highe=

st):
> 9s, Ts, Qs, Ks, As, Jc, and Js. All other suits run Nine to Ace, save th=

at
> Clubs will be short a Jack.
>
> The three non-Trump suits are equal, but it is good interface to sort the=

by
> suit alternating red, black, red, and black, I think. Especially with a =

GUI,
> this makes it easier to understand the hand.
>
> Input (on STDIN) will be a line containing the Trump suit, followed by fi=

ve
> lines containing a Euchre hand. For example:
>
> Diamonds
> Kc
> Jh
> Kd
> Td
> Ah
>
> Your script should output (to STDOUT) the Trump suit, followed by the car=

ds in
> sorted order (highest card first):
>
> Diamonds
> Jh
> Kd
> Td
> Kc
> Ah
>
> Here's a script that will feed your program random hands:
>
> #!/usr/local/bin/ruby -w
>
> # build a Euchre deck
> cards =3D Array.new
> %w{9 T J Q K A}.each do |face|
> %w{d c s h}.each do |suit|
> cards << face + suit
> end
> end
>
> # choose trump
> puts %w{Diamonds Clubs Spades Hearts}[rand(4)]
>
> # deal a hand
> cards =3D cards.sort_by { rand }
> puts cards[0..4]
>
> One last thought: If accuracy is our ultimate goal here, how will you kn=

ow your
> output is correct?
>
>

Hello James,

I have to admit that I do not totally understand. Why is in the
example the King of Clubs higher than the Ace of hearts. I thought an
Ace would be higher than a King and Clubs and Hearts are equal except
for the Jack if the trump is Diamond.

And secondly I do not understand the paragraph about the red-black sort ord=
er.

cheers,

Brian
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James Edward Gray II
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 11-19-2005
On Nov 19, 2005, at 1:31 PM, Brian Schr=F6der wrote:

>> Your script should output (to STDOUT) the Trump suit, followed by =20
>> the cards in
>> sorted order (highest card first):
>>
>> Diamonds
>> Jh
>> Kd
>> Td
>> Kc
>> Ah

> Hello James,

Hello Brian.

> I have to admit that I do not totally understand.

That's probably just my terrible explination. Let's see if I can =20
clear it up...

> Why is in the example the King of Clubs higher than the Ace of hearts.

Cards are sorted first buy suit, then by value. Trump is a better =20
suit then the rest, but the others are equal and can come in any =20
order. The suit order above is Diamonds (Trump), Clubs, then =20
Hearts. Inside those suits, cards are sorted by face value.

> And secondly I do not understand the paragraph about the red-black =20
> sort order.

Technically, this is another (correct) answer to the above:

Diamonds
Jh
Kd
Td
Ah
Kc

The cards are still sorted in order of value. However, now we have =20
put the red suits together. I think it's better to break them up, =20
when we can. That's why my example shows Clubs between the two suits.

Does that help?

James Edward Gray II

Brian Schröder
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 11-19-2005
On 19/11/05, James Edward Gray II <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> On Nov 19, 2005, at 1:31 PM, Brian Schr=F6der wrote:
>
> >> Your script should output (to STDOUT) the Trump suit, followed by
> >> the cards in
> >> sorted order (highest card first):
> >>
> >> Diamonds
> >> Jh
> >> Kd
> >> Td
> >> Kc
> >> Ah

>
> > Hello James,

>
> Hello Brian.
>
> > I have to admit that I do not totally understand.

>
> That's probably just my terrible explination. Let's see if I can
> clear it up...
>
> > Why is in the example the King of Clubs higher than the Ace of hearts.

>
> Cards are sorted first buy suit, then by value. Trump is a better
> suit then the rest, but the others are equal and can come in any
> order. The suit order above is Diamonds (Trump), Clubs, then
> Hearts. Inside those suits, cards are sorted by face value.
>

Now I understand. I always sort my cards first by value then by suite.
That was the problem.

cheers,

Brian

> > [snip]

>
> Does that help?

Yes

>
> James Edward Gray II
>
>
>

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Sam Gentle
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 11-20-2005
On 11/18/05, Ruby Quiz <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> The card game of Euchre has an unusual ordering of cards in the hand. Th=

is
> week's Ruby Quiz is to take a random Euchre hand and sort it.

Hmm. My original solution was to assign integer values to each card
and suit, and sort_by that mapping.

#!/usr/bin/ruby -w

NUMS =3D %w(9 T J Q K A)
SUITS =3D %w(h c d s)
COLOURS =3D Hash[*%w(s B d R c B h R)]

def card_value(card, trump)
=09num, suit =3D card.split('')

=09value =3D NUMS.index(num)
=09value +=3D 10 * SUITS.index(suit)
=09if num =3D=3D 'J'
=09=09value +=3D 150 if COLOURS[suit] =3D=3D COLOURS[trump]
=09=09value +=3D 10 if suit =3D=3D trump
=09elsif suit =3D=3D trump
=09=09value +=3D 100
=09end
=09
=09return value
end

trump =3D gets.chomp
tsuit =3D trump[0,1].downcase

puts trump
puts \$stdin.readlines.sort_by { |card| -card_value(card,tsuit) }

When I started to think about it though, that seemed a little silly to
me. If you ever use more than ten numbers, or more than 5 cards,
things start to get messy and sneaky bugs pop up. I realised that what
I was really doing was creating an array of base-10 numbers to
represent the cards. Why not just create an actual array and be done
with it?

So, here's my version 2:

#!/usr/bin/ruby -w

NUMS =3D %w(9 T J Q K A)
SUITS =3D %w(h c d s)
COLOURS =3D Hash[*%w(s B d R c B h R)]

def card_value(card, trump)
=09num, suit =3D card.split('')
=09
=09value =3D Array.new
=09
=09value << (num =3D=3D 'J' && value[3] =3D=3D 1 ? 1 : 0)
=09value << (num =3D=3D 'J' && COLOURS[suit] =3D=3D COLOURS[trump] ? 1 : 0)
=09value << (suit =3D=3D trump ? 1 : 0)
=09value << SUITS.index(suit)
=09value << NUMS.index(num)
end

trump =3D gets.chomp
tsuit =3D trump[0,1].downcase

puts trump
puts \$stdin.readlines.sort_by { |card| card_value(card,tsuit) }.reverse

Though, incidentally, I'm not sure how the performance of the two
would compare. I also wish I could think of a neater way to include
those boolean values than the ? 1 : 0 thing. I considered defining <=3D>
for TrueClass and FalseClass, but thought that might be a little icky.

Sam

Timothy Goddard
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 11-21-2005
I seriously debated with myself whether it was worth submitting my
solution. It takes a whole 100 lines of code! I decided in the end that
I would post it anyway.

I made the opposite decision to Robin Stocker and decided to stick with
the <=> approach. The cards do have to know about the trump suit, but
the deck class automatically handles that.

Here it is:

class Card
@@values = {'A' => :ace, 'K' => :king, 'Q' => :queen, 'J' => :jack,
'T' => :ten, '9' => :nine}
@@value_values = {:ace => 6, :king => 5, :queen => 4, :jack => 3, :ten
=> 2, :nine => 1}
@@suits = {'h' => :hearts, 'd' => :diamonds, 'c' => :clubs, 's' =>
@@suit_values = {:hearts => 2, :diamonds => -2, :clubs => 1, :spades
=> -1}

# The suit_values is used to compactly calculate the order suits
should be sorted in

def initialize(string = "Jh", trump = :hearts)
@suit = :hearts
@value = :ace
@trump = trump
if string
self.parse(string)
end
end

def parse(string)
cardarray = string.upcase.scan(/[AKQJT9][HDCS]/)
if cardarray.length > 0
@value = @@values[cardarray[0][0,1]]
@suit = @@suits[(cardarray[0][1,1]).downcase]
end
end

def rank_value
case @suit
when @trump
return @value == :jack ? 40 : (@@value_values[@value] + 30)
when @@suit_values.index(@@suit_values[@trump] * -1)
# True when card is of the trump's suit's colour companion
return @value == :jack ? 39 : (@@value_values[@value] + 10)
when @@suit_values.index((@@suit_values[@trump] % 2) + 1)
# Triggers for clubs if trump is red or hearts if trump is black
return @@value_values[@value] + 20
else
# The last remaining suit comes last
return @@value_values[@value]
end
end

def <=>(other)
self.rank_value <=> other.rank_value
end

def printable
@@values.index(@value) + @@suits.index(@suit)
end

include Comparable

attr_accessor :trump, :value, :suit
end

class Hand
def initialize(trump = :hearts, *cards)
@cards = Array.new
@trump = trump
cards.each do |cs|
@cards << Card.new(cs, trump)
end
@cards.sort!
end

@cards << Card.new(card, @trump)
end

def display
@cards.sort!
@cards.reverse.each do |card|
puts card.printable
end
end

def inspect
handstring = String.new
@cards.each do |card|
handstring << card.printable << ', '
end
handstring.chop!
handstring.chop!
end

def trump=(newtrump)
@trump = newtrump
@cards.each {|c| c.trump = newtrump}
end

attr_accessor :cards
end

if __FILE__ == \$0

until (trumpline = readline()) != ""
end

case trumpline.downcase[0,1]
when 'h'
trump = :hearts
when 'd'
trump = :diamonds
when 'c'
trump = :clubs
when 's'
else
end

h = Hand.new(trump)

5.times do |t|
end

puts trump.to_s.capitalize
h.display

end